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National Transition Resources

“Transition” refers to the process of navigating, or working through, changes in an individual’s services at key points throughout his/her life. Transition planning begins in childhood and continues throughout the lifespan to help individuals and families anticipate and prepare for the future.

Tennessee Transition Resources

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Developmental or Psychological Testing, Early Intervention Program for Young Children, IDEA Information and/or Training Programs, Secondary Transition Services, and Special Education Program.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Act Early

Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides comprehensive information on early childhood development. Printable resources and fact sheets on developmental milestones and developmental disabilities.

HEATH Resource Center

National clearinghouse on postsecondary education for persons with disabilities. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Education. HEATH has information about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - Office of Disability Employment Policy

A service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, and people with disabilities; as well as their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects.


A free online professional development library of education resources developed by the IDEA Partnership.

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition

The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures. NCSET provides technical assistance and disseminates information focused on four major areas of national significance for youth with disabilities and their families — providing students with disabilities with improved access and success in the secondary education curriculum; ensuring that students achieve positive postschool results in accessing postsecondary education, meaningful employment, independent living and participation in all aspects of community life; supporting student and family participation in educational and postschool decision making and planning; and improving collaboration and system linkages at all levels through the development of broad-based partnerships and networks at the national, state, and local levels.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth, programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities, IDEA, the nation's special education law, No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law, and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities. Also offers a listing of campsites and programs around the nation that offer services and specialized summer camp programs for children and youth with disabilities.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

NSTTAC is a national Technical Assistance and Dissemination center. The mission of the NSTTAC is the full implementation of IDEA, to assist youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes. Also, to assist states to build capacity in order to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities

Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor (ODEP)

Provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Office on Disability, United States Department of Health and Human Services

The Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD) oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives in HHS pertaining to the health and health-related programs.

Pacer Center

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Paving the Way to Work

This guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) specifically to address the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

Special Education Guide - Blog Post: How to support teenagers with autism through transitions

A blog post from the Special Education Guide website ( which discusses supporting teenagers with autism spectrum disorder through transitions from the perspective of an individual with autism. Author of the blog post is Lynne Soraya.

The IRIS Center

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center develops training enhancement materials to be used by faculty and professional development providers for the preparation of current and future school personnel.

The Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI

The Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence) offers resources, training, technical assistance, and consultation to support the successful transition of individuals with autism and multiple disabilities throughout their school careers and into their adult lives. Resources address community living and employment.

Resource regarding postsecondary education options for people with disabilities.

ZERO TO THREE, National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

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Other Links and Resources

  • Impact Newsletter: How College Benefits Us: Students with Intellectual Disabilities Speak Out
    Staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, asked 50 students with intellectual disabilities who have participated in inclusive college experiences to share how they perceive they have benefited from attending college. Below are some of their comments on six different aspects of college life.
  • Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities
    This link from the U.S. Department of Education provides tools for teaching and assessing students with disabilities.
  • Positive Educational Planning: A Guide to Thoughtful Preparation for the Educational Planning Process
    Positive Educational Planning is a simple planning portfolio that guides family members to reflect and share what they know of their child as a learner and a family member. The portfolio is sequenced in a way that presents the child as a complete and unique individual first. It then addresses broad aspects of their learning characteristics and concludes with consideration of learning priorities for the future. In it, you will find an example from one child’s family as illustration of the portfolio’s consideration points. You will also find a blank set of reproducible pages that can be used to create a portfolio for your own child.

Printable Materials and Resources